EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 592 - August 18, 2003     3 of 3

Most Expensive Meteorite to Be Sold on eBay

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Sell2All Inc. will be selling a rare 1.3 billion-year-old piece of Mars with an estimated value of $2 million on eBay. The largest known specimen in circulation (188 grams) of the famous Mars rock Zagami, owned by a private individual in Europe, will be auctioned on eBay beginning on September 5 by Sell2All, Inc. of Lincoln, Nebraska. Bidding starts at $450,000. This specimen will be the most expensive meteorite ever sold on eBay.

Zagami fell to Earth October 3,1962 in central Nigeria. Displayed for several years in Nigeria's prestigious Kaduna Museum, one side is Museum cut to display the internal layers and another side has been left natural with a black flanked crust to show the fusion (actual burning and melting) of the rock as it passed at high speeds through the atmosphere while falling to earth. Referenced over 3000 times on Internet search engines, this specimen has been shown all over the world.

See NASA?s website for the complete Zagami story at

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